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Affordable housing

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Affordable housing

View of housing in PetershamMarrickville Council is pleased to present its Affordable Housing Strategy. The strategy identifies actions that would lead to the preservation and creation of affordable housing opportunities in the Marrickville area. It builds on Council's previous work in this area and draws on a range of government policies, academic research and consultations.

This document provides strategic direction and develops actions which will enable us to achieve our commitment to plan and provide for current and future generations living in Marrickville.

For demographic information about the Marrickville area, visit our Community Profile website.

Affordable Housing Committee

The purpose of the Marrickville Affordable Housing Committee is to assist Council to develop, implement, monitor and review housing policy, strategies and plans to advance the affordability of the area.

Membership of the Affordable Housing Committee consists of two Councillors appointed to co-chair the Committee and between 4-6 ordinary members.

Meetings are held five times per annum in the months of February, April, June, August and October. The meetings are ordinarily held on the fourth Tuesday of the above months and start at 5.00pm in the Function Room, Marrickville Council, 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham 2049, unless otherwise advised.


Useful Links and Contact Details

Emergency Accommodation

  • Housing NSW: After Hours Temporary Accommodation Line - 1800 152 152
    Monday to Friday 4.30pm - 10pm, Saturday, Sydney and Public Holidays 10am - 10pm (for more information visit their website via the link above)
  • Homeless Persons Information Centre - 1800 234 566 or 9265 9087
  • Inner City Homelessness Outreach & Support Service - 1800 505 501
  • Youth Emergency Accommodation Hotline - 9318 1531
  • Domestic Violence Line - 1800 656 463

Rental Accommodation

Community/Social Housing Providers servicing the Marrickville LGA providing low cost, long term housing to people in need of housing assistance who meet an eligibility criteria:

  • Metro Community Housing Co-op - 9560 5331
  • South West Inner Sydney Housing Co-operative - 9699 6055
  • St. George Community Housing Co-operative - 9585 1499

The Inner West Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (02 9559 2899) provides telephone advice to tenants and residents of boarding houses living in the Inner West. If you need an interpreter call 131450 and ask them to call.
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (9516 4755) has housing fact sheets and housing related programs including the Housing Assistance and Referral Service, and the Homeless Person Legal Service.

Bridge Housing manages 1500 dwellings assisting 2700 households on low and moderate incomes across inner metropolitan area of Sydney, including Marrickville.

Credit Related

  • Consumer Credit Legal Centre has a number of fact sheets providing information on home loan and credit issues and run a Credit and Debt hotline: 1800 808 488. Mortgage assistance may be available for people experiencing temporary difficulty paying a home loan: 1800 806 653 or 9821 6502.
  • Banking and Financial Services Ombudsman
  • Choice (Australian Consumers' Association)
  • No Interest Loans Schemes (NILS) are local community based, not for profit projects, which provide small loans, with no interest payments, to low income people to purchase essential whitegoods, furniture, medical appliances and other household necessities. Loans typically range between $800 and $1200.

Research Links

  • The Australian Housing and Urban Research Centre (AHURI) - a consortium of research centre funded by the Australian State and Commonwealth governments, as well as by member universities.
  • Shelter NSW advocates for the interests of people disadvantaged in housing markets and builds the capacity of non profit organisations to provide housing.
  • The Centre for Affordable Housing is a business unit of Housing NSW, which works with State and local government, non-profit organisations, and private companies to generate creative responses to declining housing affordability. Also, a source of housing data.
  • The NSW Homelessness Action Plan contains a broad range of actions that focus on specific target groups that are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness. The Plan is structured under the following three areas: (1) preventing homelessness; (2) responding effectively to homelessness; and (3) breaking the cycle.